Freckled Catshark

About the Freckled Catshark

The freckled catshark is a small deepwater ground shark species found in the Western Atlantic, from Venezuela to Uruguay, at depths of up to 400 m. Like all members of the catshark shark family, they’re bottom feeders, have elongated cat-like eyes, and two small dorsal fins set far back. They’re mostly nocturnal and often sleep in groups during the day.

They’re oviparous and lay one egg at a time. Pups are born about 12 cm long and grow to a maximum length of  60 cm.

Their name comes from the distinctive dots along its body.

There is not enough confirmation to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Scyliorhinus haeckelii
OrderGround Sharks - Carcharhiniformes
GenusScyliorhinus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionOviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size 1
Common Length 60.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 37 - 402 m
DistributionWestern Central Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic
EnvironmentDemersal
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